Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray fell just short of lifting his first ATP title since 2019 but he was happy and positive about his week in Stuttgart.
Murray, 35, reached the Stuttgart final before losing in three sets to Matteo Berrettini.
Murray, a former world No. 1, was playing in his first grass final since 2016 as Berrettini claimed a 6-4 5-7 6-3 victory.
Unfortunately, Murray required a medical time out that focused on his hip and groin area.
Murray severely injured his hip several years ago and required a hip replacement surgery.
Murray was able to finish the Stuttgart final but he was clearly hampered by the surgery.
“There’s been a lot of progress the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to what the future has to hold,” Murray said. “Feeling a lot better about my game and hopefully my body can hold up a little while longer.”
Berrettini offered empathy for Murray
Berrettini was glad that he was able to lift his first title of the season in Stuttgart but made it clear that he wasn’t happy about seeing Murray hampered by an injury during the final.
“It was really hard to digest, I felt it, Andy was able to serve well and took the chances I didn’t take, so we went to the third set,” Berrettini said. “I said to myself, ‘I have to fight’. Congrats to Andy. It’s not the way we wanted to finish, he’s hurt, I’m sorry for him. I’ve learned so much from him.”
It was the third meeting between Murray and Berrettini.
Murray and Berrettini met for the first time in Beijing three years ago, when the Briton claimed a straight-set win.
Last year at the Queen’s Club, Berrettini defeated Murray and went on to win the title.
Last week in Stuttgart, Berrettini beat Murrax for the second time and clinched his second Stuttgart title